Springettsbury Twp. approves tax relief for former Harley site


Springettsbury Township's Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted unanimously to approve tax incentives for a project that organizers said could bring hundreds of jobs to York County.

The board approved the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Association Program, under which local property taxes will be phased in over several years, for a former Harley Davidson facility near the motorcycle-maker's Eden Road plant.

NorthPoint Development, a Kansas City developer, plants to build a warehouse on a 58-acre parcel west of the Harley Davidson plant, officials said. The 755,000 square feet warehouse would function as a manufacturer, distributor, or both.

Brent Miles, the Vice President of Economic Development with NorthPoint, and Blanda Nace, the Vice President of Community Affairs with the York County Economic Alliance, requested the tax exemption in July.

On Wednesday, York County Commissioners also voted to approve the tax break for the company.

Under LERTA, property taxes on the improvements will be phased in over the next 10 years. It can be granted by one or all the three taxing bodies — the county, municipality and school district.

Central York school board on Monday approved 100 percent tax abatement for five years, with tax rates being applied in 20 percent increments the remaining five years, Nace said after the commissioners meeting.

Construction of the $40 million project could get underway early in 2016, and the building could be in use later that year, according to the company's proposal.

However, a development plan hasn't been submitted to the township and NorthPoint is still in its due-diligence phase.